Europa League betting is compelling but this year's tournament got even more interesting at the conclusion of the group stages in both UEFA club competitions, with the influx of talent into the Europa League as the third-place teams from the Champions League dropped down.
Odds to win the Europa League got packed at the top, with Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund headlining the teams joining the competition for the knockout stages. Unsurprisingly, those two are among the clubs with the best Europa League odds, too.
With the group stage completed, here are the latest Europa League odds ahead of the knockout stages.
Odds to win Europa League
|Team||Odds to win the Europa League|
|Zenit St. Petersburg||+3,500|
|Red Star Belgrade||+6,500|
Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportbook on January 19, 2022.
Europa League betting favorite
Borussia Dortmund (+600)
Though Borussia Dortmund still must win a playoff against Rangers to get into the Round of 16, the German power join the Europa League as the betting co-favorite at +600.
Dortmund were disappointing in the Champions League group stage, winning three and losing three, but with a collection of young talent and big-game experience, they could make a deep run. Striker Erling Halaand, unlikely to be sold until the summer, is the competition's best player.
You cannot talk about the Europa League without talking about Sevilla. The Spanish club have won the tournament a record six times, including three straight from 2014-2016 and as recently as 2020. They've mastered the competition and should be a contender yet again. The team's playing very well, currently second in La Liga, and the Europa League final will be held in Sevilla this year. They'll face Dinamo Zagreb in the playoff to advance.
The ever-enjoyable Atalanta join the odds board third at +800. A charmed several years for the Italian club hit a slight bump this year, finishing third in their Champions League group but their free-wheeling style could cause havoc in the Europa League. Their odds improved after the playoff draw landed them a matchup against Olympiacos.
The Barcelona name is doing some heavy lifting here, as the Spanish giant is in turmoil. Barca are sixth in La Liga and scored just two goals in six group stage games in the Champions League but there have been encouraging signs under new manager Xavi.
With their league position hardly certain, Barca may opt to put the Europa League on the backburner in order to secure a Top 4 finish (and automatic Champions League qualification) in La Liga. They don't get an easy start to life in the Europa League, either, with a playoff against Napoli.
West Ham (+1,100)
Rounding out the Top 5, and level with Barca, is West Ham. The Hammers won their Europa League group and thus avoided the playoff, which is welcome news for a club competing in England where the fixtures are more congested than ever. Their surprising success has only been built upon in 2021, as they've beaten both Liverpool and Chelsea in the league. Their squad depth may be tested in a tournament push but on balance, they're as talented as any of the teams around them on the odds board.
What is the Europa League?
The Europa League is UEFA's B competition, contested by qualifying teams across Europe who failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League. The winner of the Europa League qualifies for the following season's Champions League.
After a traditional group stage, the eight group winners qualify for the Round of 16, while the eight group runners-up enter into a playoff with the third-place teams from the Champions League, with the winners of those playoffs joining the Europa League group winners in the Round of 16.
This year, Lyon, Bayer Leverkusen, Monaco, West Ham, Spartak Moscow, Eintracht Frankfurt, Red Star Belgrade, and Galatasary won their Europa League groups to qualify for the Round of 16. The playoff round, contested between third-place finishers in the Champions League group stage and second-place finishers in the Europa League group stage, will feature:
- Dortmund vs. Rangers
- Zenit St. Petersburg vs. Real Betis
- Barcelona vs. Napoli
- Sheriff Tiraspol vs. Braga
- RB Leipzig vs. Real Sociedad
- Porto vs. Lazio
- Atalanta vs. Olympiacos
- Sevilla vs. Dinamo Zagreb
Past Europa League trends
To get ahead of the pack there are a few trends that may help you when choosing your Europa League winner:
- Spain has produced the most Europa League winners, with a Spanish club winning 13 times.
- England has produced the second most, with nine, and the most runners-up with eight.
- Italy and Germany are the only other countries to have five or more winners, with nine for Italy and six for Germany.
- France is yet to produce a winner, with no French club ever winning Europa League (but five second-place finishes).
- Sevilla have won a record six Europa Leagues, including four since 2014.
- The last team outside of Spain or England to win was Porto in 2010-11.
- Since the tournament's revamp ahead of 1997-98, a third-place team from the Champions League group stage has won six times, with the most recent being Atletico Madrid in 2017-18.
Past Europa League winners
Understanding Europa League odds
These odds are constantly adjusted throughout the summer as players get hurt, suspended or transfer. Once the season begins, title odds will change as teams win and lose games and as more players get hurt or are suspended. Sportsbooks will also adjust the Europa League odds based on handle and liability to certain teams.
Champions League odds will usually look like this:
- Lyon +250
This means that on a $100 bet, you'll stand to win $250 if Lyon wins the Europa League. If it's close to the end of the tournament you might see that a team is has a minus sign (-) ahead of its odds.
- Sevilla -120
This means that you would need to bet $120 to win $100 on a Sevilla championship.
Above we have posted the American odds for the Europa League. However, these are easy to convert to decimal odds or fractional odds with our odds converter tool.
Europa League Odds FAQs
Who is the most successful team in Europa League history?
La Liga's Sevilla are far-and-away the tournament's most successful team, with their six titles twice as many as the next closest teams. They have also won four of the last eight Europa Leagues.
How important is the Europa League?
For strong European teams traditionally a step below the elite, such as Sevilla, it has always been important. However, the stakes have become even higher in recent years, with the winner earning an automatic berth into the following year's Champions League.
When does the Europa League take place?
The qualifying round takes place in the late summer, with the group stage following from September to December. The knockout stage then runs from February until the final in May.